Category Archives: Skincare

Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask

9th January 2015

Origins Drink Up Mask

I’m a dry-skinned gal and, lately, a dehydrated skin gal too, so I was super excited to find myself opening a tube of this lovely stuff on the morning of my birthday. I’m a big fan of face masks but I find a lot of them dry my skin out further, so I’d had my eye on this one for a long time.

I always find the Christmas period quite disruptive to my skincare routine. Eating rubbish food, staying up later than usual, forgetting to drink enough water and bombarding my face with tonnes of new beauty products meant it was really in need of a little pick me up. Enter, the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask – the perfect thing to rehydrate your sad, winter skin.

This applies like a pretty standard face mask, it’s white with a lotion-like consistency and smells absolutely gorgeous, just like apricots. I left this on for a little over the suggested ten minutes and then rinsed my face as usual. I noticed straight away that my skin felt suppler and much more hydrated – usually after a face mask I have to moisturise quickly to stop my skin drying out but my skin already felt lovely and plumped up after using this. Fast forward a few days and I still noticed the effects – even my pesky dry as the desert forehead is in tact!

I’ve read a few times that just wiping off the excess and leaving this on overnight is a great intensive treatment (although you could always buy the overnight version if you so wished!), so I’m planning on trying that out soon. I’ve used this three times so far and each time I’ve loved the way my skin feels afterwards – I haven’t had any breakouts at all and this definitely has a place at the top of my face mask basket.

If you like the look of this one you can purchase it from Boots stores or online for £23.

Have you tried the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask before? If so, what did you think? If not, would you like to?

My Evening Skincare Routine

3rd November 2014

I started paying attention to my skin when I was about 25 (I’m turning 27 next month). I’ve always taken okay care of it but it wasn’t until I hit my mid-twenties that I really developed a proper skincare routine. I’ve always endeavoured to drink enough water, always removed my make up before bed and usually slapped some sort of moisturiser on, but now I’ve got a good little routine that keeps my skin hydrated and clear.

A little bit of background before I jump into the routine. My skin is on the dry side and isn’t sensitive or particularly prone to spots, though I can get a couple of the blighters when I’m a bit PMS-ridden. I tend to have a couple of make up free days every week as well, as I think it’s important to let your skin have a break from make up as often as possible.

Okay, so onto my evening skincare routine. Continue reading

Shopping the Stash: July

9th July 2014
Sometimes living on a tight budget can be tough, right? When everyone’s posting amazing hauls filled with high end products and bags and bags of new make up I have to confess to feeling seriously jealous! However, to combat my shopping envy I’ve been shopping my stash for the last few months and have really been enjoying trying out all the products that were languishing at the back of my make up drawers.

I wanted to share my July picks with you so you can see some of the products that should be making their way to Life from the Tub over the next few weeks:
So, these are the new products I’m going to be trying out in July:
– Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser
– OCC Lip Tar
– Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush
– Tarte Cheek Stain
– Lorac TANtalizer Bronzer
– Blinc Mascara
– Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
– Urban Decay Naked Beauty Balm
– Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Night Cream
Have you tried any of these products out before? Let me know your thoughts!

Origins No Puffery Eye Gel

20th March 2014

My under eye area is the bane of my skincare life. Even worse than my dry forehead, and that’s saying something.
Bags, dark circles, puffiness – the works. I’ve managed to find a few concealers that do a great job but, unfortunately no skincare that really makes a huge difference.
I’d read a few positive reviews of the Origins No Puffery Cooling Eye Gel and decided to give it a go, as I haven’t dabbled too much in eye creams. I’ve been using the same Olay one for over a year now so I figured it was time to add a new product into the eye routine.
This is a gel formula that comes in a handy dandy tube with a rollerball on the end. It’s full of the usual Origins goodness, the ingredients include aloe vera and it’s supposed to cool and depuff problem undereye areas.
So, does it work?
I’ve tried this out in a variety of situations and can confirm it definitely does help to depuff my baggy eyes.
At the end of a hard day: I’ve used this at the end of a long day of work, when I’m nick nack paddywhacked and my eyes are a bit sore from too much rubbing when I’m in a rush to take my make up off. The rollerball is so soothing cool, it’s perfect to perk you up in the mornings or chill you out before bed.
After a good old-fashioned sob fest: After a few hours of wailing on the sofa I’ve pulled myself together and slathered this on my soppy, tear-stained eye area and it feels sooo good it’s almost enough to set me off weeping again. I think this is where the No Puffery really comes into its own – I guess Origins didn’t want to market it as ‘sort your face out after you’ve had a huge bust up with your boyfriend’ but in this situation it’s a complete winner. Often the night after a good cry I wake up with hideously puffy eyes but if I use this before I go to bed it halts puffy eyes in their tracks.
To combat a hangover: Well, this isn’t such a miracle product that it will stop a hangover but rolling this under your eyes when you’ve woken up after too many cocktails and feel like death completely helps. It won’t get rid of the bottom of a birdcage feel in your mouth but it does stop your eyes puffing up like a blowfish. Phew. A pint of water and a hell of a lot of concealer and you’re good to go.

So there you have it, a few ways that the Origins No Puffery can come in handy. It won’t replace the eye cream in your repertoire but it’s a lovely product to add into your routine on days when your eyes need a little TLC.

Pedikur Herbal Hand & Foot Cream

19th February 2014

 Hello guys! Today I wanted to tell you guys about a product that might not be glamorous but is certainly something every beauty lover should have in their cosmetic drawers – good old foot cream.

This hideous weather we’ve been having is not good for our skin in general (thanks cold weather and horrible wind for my chapped laps and dry forehead!) but it can really take its toll on our feet. Yup – if you’re looking for a glam post today is not that day, my friends.

I have a bit of a thing about feet, like I think most people do. They’re just not very attractive, are they? Might as well keep them looking as nice as possible and a great way to do that is to use a foot cream, and in the winter months maybe invest in an industrial strength cream to keep cracked heels at bay!

The lovely chaps over at Beauty Chamber recently sent me a pot of the Pedikur Herbal Cream* to review and this has been my cream of choice for the last few weeks. It’s full of sage, thyme and rosemary so you can imagine the gorgeous smell! I’m a big herbal fan so this is the perfect scent for me – I can’t get enough of it.

The pot looks quite small but you can use this sparingly and it still does a great job; I’ve used it every day for about three weeks and you can see from the picture below that I’ve still got a load left. The cream came with some cotton moisturising socks, so I apply the cream before bed, pop the socks on and let it do its magic while I have a snooze. Easy!

When I first had a look at this one I have to admit that I wasn’t struck on the packaging; there wasn’t anything in particular that put me off but when I compared it to my usual foot cream (Soap and Glory’s Heel Genius) it seemed a bit lacklustre. However, this has taught me not to judge a book by its cover (or a cream by its packaging!) as this is a great little product to keep your feet nice and smooth. I’ll definitely be reaching for this when/if we get any sort of summer this year, as it’ll be perfect for getting my feet flip flop ready!

To have a look at the Pedikur Herbal Cream in more detail you can click here to have a gander on the Beauty Chamber website.